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There will be a 2014 end-of-year random drawing from angler's participating in any of the Volunteer Angler Surveys. We encourage anglers to continue to report snakehead catches through the Inland Freshwater survey in addition to their Angler's Log submission. The information helps our biologists better understand the various species and water systems they utilize.

Maryland Fishing Challenge Logo showing striped bassA new component of the Maryland Fishing Challenge includes invasive species reports submitted to the Angler's Log. Beginning during the 2013/2014 tournament, Angler's Log entries which include Blue Catfish, Northern Snakehead or Flathead Catfish, at any length in size, will be eligible for up to two prizes via a random drawing at the annual Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Fish must be kept and a photo showing the kept fish is mandatory. Multiple entries are allowed, but each fish can only be entered once. Remember, all invasive species must be dead to be entered and there is no catch and release category. Visit the Maryland fishing Challenge web site to read the complete set of rules.

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  1. Craig McHenry, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 20, 2013 | Permalink

Father and Son Trout Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Cunningham Lake

Craig and his son, Devin did some fishing at Cunningham Lake and caught some nice trout.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Keith Craig, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on November 20, 2013 | Permalink

Trout Fishing at Cunninghman Lake

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Cunningham Lake

Keith Craig caught some trout at Cunningham lake iin Frederick County, MD.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 27
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Posted on November 18, 2013 | Permalink

Do Female Trout Reproduce in the Wild?

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Western MD Streams

The nice weather on Saturday allowed us one more stream fishing trip in western Maryland. Me and Dad both did pretty good for trout but I ended up catching the two largest. One was a 17 inch Golden Trout it was a male and had a hooked jaw. The other was a 17 inch Rainbow Trout that was a female and was loaded with eggs. Dad said that he didnít think the female would be able to reproduce in the wild streams because it was a stocked trout and the stream conditions are not good for Rainbow Trout reproduction. Could you tell me if Dad was right on this?

DNR Response: Your Dad is right again. Rainbow Trout do not reproduce well anywhere in Maryland for multiple reasons. Hatchery trout often have eggs in the fall but do not successfully spawn because they are semi-domesticated and donít have the correct instincts or behaviors. Stream conditions in most of our put and take streams are not good enough for successful trout reproduction, due to too much sediment and water temperatures that are too warm during the summer months.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Golden Rainbow Trout


  1. Carson Mayer, Recreational Angler
  2. Elkton, MD
  3. Total Reports: 3
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Posted on November 8, 2013 | Permalink

Big Elk Browns

Type: Freshwater
Region: Eastern
Location: Big Elk Creek

I landed these two nice Brown Trouts this week on the Big Elk during my third outing since the fall stocking. I also managed to pull in two smaller rainbows to add to the mix. The fish were very active at 1pm on a beautiful fall day hitting the mid 60's. Thanks to the DNR for a nice fall stocking!

Tags: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout


  1. Justin Butler, Recreational Angler
  2. Total Reports: 1
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Posted on November 4, 2013 | Permalink

Mid Bay Mix

Type: Chesapeake
Region: Mid Bay
Location: Chesapeake Beach

Rock and perch are hitting small craink baits even a seatrout at the boat docks.

Tags: Striped Bass, White Perch, Spotted Seatrout


  1. Ethan Fike, Youth Angler
  2. Finzel / Frostburg MD
  3. Total Reports: 27
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Posted on November 4, 2013 | Permalink

Trout For Dinner Tonight

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Western MD Streams

Fishing after school today provided a good catch of trout for me and Dad. My cats are always happy to see me bring home fish, they get the left overs while Dad fillets.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Adam Fancovic, Recreational Angler
  2. Silver Spring, MD
  3. Total Reports: 7
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Posted on November 4, 2013 | Permalink

Great Seneca Rainbow

Type: Freshwater
Region: Central
Location: Great Seneca Creek

I tried trout fishing down at Great Seneca Creek for the first time last Saturday since DNR had stocked it earlier in the week. On my 6th cast I managed to sink my hook into this monster rainbow that gave me a great fight on 4# test line. Caught several more trout including a nice brown as well. Saw several other trout that were this size if not bigger but none would bite. Thanks DNR for stocking these quality sized trout.

Tags: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout


  1. Ryan Cooper, Recreational Angler
  2. Oakland, Maryland
  3. Total Reports: 6
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Posted on November 1, 2013 | Permalink

Upper Savage River Fishing

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Upper Savage River

I went to the Upper Savage River to do some fly fishing on 10/30/13 and 10/31/13. Both days were very productive with some real quality Brook Trout along with some stocked rainbows mixed in. The one rainbow pictured wasn't too long but had quite a large girth. Most were taken on Elk hair caddis with the rainbows preferring a small black wooly bugger.

Tags: Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout


  1. Nathan Williams, Youth Angler
  2. Total Reports: 11
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Posted on November 1, 2013 | Permalink

Calvert Cliffs Rainbows

Type: Freshwater
Region: Southern
Location: Calvert Cliffs State Park

Nathan was fishing at Calvert Cliffs State Park for the second time since the fall stocking began and was able to catch three nice Rainbow Trouts using corn for bait. After about 45 minutes of fishing we stopped because he wanted to enjoy the great recycled tire playground they have at Calvert Cliff State Park before the sun went down and got cold.

Tags: Rainbow Trout


  1. Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
  2. Frederick
  3. Total Reports: 36
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Posted on November 1, 2013 | Permalink

Beaver Creek Fly Fishing Section

Type: Freshwater
Region: Western
Location: Beaver Creek

The catch and release, fly fishing only section of Beaver Creek was fishing very well the other day. I parked at the fly shop, and walked downstream to just above the U-turn, and fished upstream into the stocked water. I landed a few small ones on a double nymph rig; a size 16 cressbug with a little size 20 caddis pupae dropper. The water is very very low, and the fish are very spooky. I fished a three weight, with a 10ft 5x leader, and 6x to the dropper. Most lower pools you can high stick it through the runs, with a little split shot, and further upstream, I fished a small indicator. Very little surface activity besides a few small sips to midges, weather has been relatively warm, a few caddis might come off this week.

Tags: trout

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